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Indiana Grand Veterinarian, Assistant Trainer ‘Summarily Suspended’

Veterinarian Dr. Ross Russell and assistant trainer Richard Estvanko were summarily suspended on Saturday by Indiana Horse Racing Commission stewards at Indiana Grand racetrack in Shelbyville, Ind., for an alleged incident that took place the previous day. According to separate … Continue reading

Suffolk Downs: It Took 4,000 People to Build, Three to Shut It Down

There’s an old joke among economists about the difference between a recession and a depression. A recession is when your neighbor has lost his job, and a depression is when you’ve lost your job. Well, for over 100 employees of … Continue reading

Investment in the Ownership Experience a Significant Issue

Stephen Koch is vice president of racing, stables and grounds for the Woodbine Entertainment Group, which this year is operating nine months of Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, ON., from April 12-Dec. 7. This is the first of a … Continue reading

Former Midwest Thoroughbreds Trainer Sues for Overtime Pay, Commissions

Midwest Thoroughbreds, which has led North American Thoroughbred owners by races won every year since 2010, is being sued by a former trainer for alleged violation of federal and state labor laws, in part because Midwest did not pay overtime … Continue reading

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With This Year’s Three-Year-Olds

Shared Belief and California Chrome are getting all the attention these days as they continue on the path to the Breeders’ Cup Classic in a few weeks, but what’s become of the others in the 3-year-old crop? We set out … Continue reading

Woodbine Diaries: One Mile That Matters

In recent years, the influence of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile on the Breeders’ Cup and year-end championships is undeniable. In the last five years, winners of the Woodbine Mile have this resume: Two Horse of the Year titles, three Breeders’ … Continue reading

Woodbine Diaries: Innovation, Opportunity Lie Up North

The challenges facing the horse racing industry have been particularly acute in Ontario in recent years. The future remains uncertain in some ways, but recent developments suggest things are looking up. Woodbine has launched an initiative in the hopes of … Continue reading

PR Special Keeneland Day 4: A New Style of Horsepower

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale marches on Thursday with the final group of Book 1 offerings. Here’s what you’ll find in today’s edition of the PR Special, being distributed on the sales grounds: Ray Paulick introduces us to a new player … Continue reading

PR Special Keeneland Day 3: Seeking Common Ground

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale heads into its third session Wednesday. Here’s what you’ll find in the latest edition of the PR Special, being distributed on the sales grounds: Ray Paulick shares his view on collaborative efforts, successful and unsuccessful, within the … Continue reading

Woodbine Diaries: The Toronto Racing Experience

High quality races, facilities, and hospitality are some of the things that make a racetrack an appealing destination.  But location is important, too. While it’s true that Woodbine Racetrack is another country away, Toronto isn’t far from the border, and … Continue reading